In what looks to be a shakeup of the Virginia electorate, the recent
Survey USA poll is all Obama.
In an election for President of the United States in Virginia today, 09/15/08, 7 weeks till votes are counted, Democrat Barack Obama defeats Republican John McCain 50% to 46%, according to this latest SurveyUSA poll conducted for WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, WJLA-TV in Washington DC, WTVR-TV in Richmond, and WJHL-TV in the Tri-Cities. Compared to an identical SurveyUSA poll released one week ago, immediately following the Republican National Convention, Obama is up 3 points; McCain is down 3. The movement solidifies Virginia place as America's 2008 battleground.
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A juicy summary below:
One week ago, McCain led among men by 11 points. Today, McCain and Obama tie. One week ago, McCain led among voters age 50+ by 14 points. Today, McCain leads by 1. One week ago, Obama led among lower income voters by 6 points. Today, Obama leads by 20. One week ago, McCain led among Independents by 21 points. Today, McCain leads by 4. 17% of Republicans today crossover to vote Democrat, up from 11% last week and 7% last month. 12% of Democrats cross over to vote Republican, compared with 10% in the two previous polls. Strikingly: week-on-week movement in the DC suburbs was to McCain; movement in the Shenandoah and Central VA was to Obama.
The bounce is over for McCain.
UPDATE: I've been "following the money" at Intrade, and McCain dropped 12 points (from a high of 60), with a comparable rise in Obama's numbers reflecting, I believe, fallout and blowback from today's Wall Street meltdown which many will view as part of McCain's baggage. It's not so much great news for Obama as it is bad news for McCain.
Give 'till it hurts good, people at Obama Campaign Website
UPDATE 2: Mother Jones is reporting, under the tile, "McCain Blasts Wall Street Failure, Neglects To Mention His Adviser Helped Cause It" nailing Gramm on his freakin' head:
As Mother Jones reported in June, eight years ago, Gramm, then a Republican senator chairing the Senate banking committee, slipped a 262-page bill into a gargantuan, must-pass spending measure. Gramm's legislation, written with the help of financial industry lobbyists, essentially removed newfangled financial products called swaps from any regulation. Credit default swaps are basically insurance policies that cover the losses on investments, and they have been at the heart of the subprime meltdown because they have enabled large financial institutions to turn risky loans into risky securities that could be packaged and sold to other institutions.
Virginians, are you getting this?
Final UPDATE before I go to see a stage play: From now on, I'm going to be referring to the McCain-Gramm ticket, simply because Palin is such a lightweight and has no real grasp of policy, while Phil Gramm has guided McCain and really knows his shit!